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Matthew R. Ottemann

Matthew R. Ottemann


For clients facing current or anticipated tax audits, and in need of expert counsel for tax planning and assessment defense, Matt’s experience and strategic solutions provide welcome relief.  He also helps clients head off potential problems at the pass, understanding and planning for the tax ramifications of significant business events. Matt’s analytical approach keeps his clients informed on how the law will, or could, affect their business decisions. Looking at situations with a business model analysis helps Matt spot potential pitfalls the client might have overlooked, and it helps keep the big picture intact – from transaction to transaction.  And, if a dispute should arise, he stands by his team’s ability to provide superior representation.

For Matt’s full State Tax profile, click here.

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Success Stories:
Matt has successfully represented a wide variety of companies in many business sectors in the defense and resolution of tax audits and appeals.  Matt’s work has helped businesses save tens of millions of dollars in tax costs – both in taxes saved and tax incentives received.

Matt is also an experienced Estate Planner.  He has been selected to teach Estate Planning to business students at Creighton University for several years, as well as Estate and Gift Taxation at the Creighton University School of Law.

  • University of Alabama School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, Magna Cum Laude & Valedictorian, 2010)
  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2006)
  • Creighton University (B.S.B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1999)
  • Nebraska (2006: Sustaining Member)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska (2006)
  • U.S. Tax Court (2006)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2006)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (2006)




McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2023

In its newly released 2023 edition, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 44 McGrath North attorneys in the full range of specialty practice areas key to supporting businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries, and 28 attorneys have been recognized for 10 years or more.  Of these attorneys recognized based on peer-review surveys, seven were named “Lawyer of the Year.” This honor is awarded to only one attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.  


15th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals



Nebraska Tax Incentive Briefing: Whether to Deploy the Grandfather




More Publications

The Increasing Importance Of IRS Penalties: Taxes Are Not The Only Way That Government Is Funded

Sherry[1] was looking tired – but she couldn’t sleep. Over her career, Sherry had worked hard to build her business from nothing to over 50 employees. Because Sherry was focused on growing her business, she hired a local bookkeeper to handle payroll for her business. This included preparing and filing the returns needed to report the payroll and payroll taxes for Sherry’s employees to the IRS.  


What Else Is In The "Grand Compromise?" 2020 Nebraska Tax Law Changes Beyond The Imagine Nebraska Act

To close out its 2020 Session, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 1107, which was referred to as the “Grand Compromise” by many Nebraska senators. This is because it represented a compromise on numerous Nebraska tax and incentive issues that were unresolved with very little time left in the Session.  

  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska Society of CPAs
  • Adjunct Professor, Estate Planning, Creighton University School of Business
  • Adjunct Professor, Estate and Gift Taxation, Creighton University School of Law
  • Author, Lexis Nexis Federal Tax Advisor
  • Author, Lexis Nexis Nebraska State Tax Insights
  • Creighton Law Review
  • International Moot Court Board
  • Traveling Moot Court Team
  • Certified Public Accountant Certificate
  • Listed: Great Plains Rising Star (Tax, Estate Planning & Probate) 2016-2017
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Listed: Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Nebraska, Tax – Band 1)